- 1 January 2004
- No. 3,813 (cartoon)
- Im so very depressed.
You used to be a complete wreck.
Some days are better than others.
- 2 January 2004
- Bernards Miserable
- Bernards miserable. Bernards always miserable.
I used to feel sorry for Bernard until I understood that he wants to be miserable. Happiness and satisfaction are fleeting, but misery can be cultivated and maintained indefinitely. Bernard sustains his misery and his misery sustains him.
I think predictability and managed expectations can be dangerous.
- 3 January 2004
- A Time and a Place
- Ive always heard that theres a time and a place for everything. That may or may not be true, but I have no idea what thing goes in this place at this time. I keep forgetting that its 2004.
- 4 January 2004
- A Classic Artist
- I enjoyed the small exhibit of Tom Fowlers drawings I saw tonight. Each of the pieces consisted of a single word written repeatedly on a large sheet of paper, but in such a way that he achieved an effect much more interesting than my cursory description would suggest.
I especially liked the ridiculous yet obligatory About the artwork and About the artist statements. The former featured the words Blah, blah, blah ... repeated hundreds of time; the latter used the same approach with the word Me.
I feel like Ive met a kindred aestetic spirit: Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, me me me me me me me!
- 5 January 2004
- (Not) Suffering for My Art
- Sadie asked me what I thought of the hoary cliché about artists suffering for their art.
George Patton advised his soldiers not to die for their country, but to let the other poor idiot die for his, I replied. Similarly, I dont suffer for my art, I use it to inflict suffering on others.
- 6 January 2004
- Felix Gonzalez-Torres
- Felix Gonzalez-Torres died before his fortieth birthday. That may or may not have been a shortcut into the San Francisco Museum of Modern [sic] Art, where curators presented his Untitled 92/93. The work consists of a stack of poorly-printed posters of a banal photograph depicting a bird flying in a cloudy sky. A sign beside the pile of posters encouraged visitors to take a print, so I did.
After returning to the lab, I had no idea of what to do with a cheap poster. I finally decided to tape it to the outside wall of adjoining building. The bird and blurry clouds look better against a brick wall under a real sky.
- 7 January 2004
- A Passive Birthday
- Todays another annual birthday (as opposed to the more interesting ones).
I have an agreement with everyoneexcept my mothernot to exchange gifts on such occasions. I think its fine that people under twenty should get something for their birthday, but people over twenty should give away something for their birthday. I rarely implement my good ideas, and so it is that I didnt give anyone anything today.
- 8 January 2004
- Bat Bark Chime (Attraction No. 10-23)
- Today I made a new piece, Bat Bark Chime (Attraction No. 10-23). (The title is one of those self-indulgent riddles that only a few people will be able to decipher.) The work consists of a suspended spherical, two-kilogram lead sinker and a smaller one recycled from Three Submersed Ice Cubes.
The pair of hanging objects have never been still. I know very little about physics; I can only conclude that theyre in love with each other.
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